How to measure for eyelet curtains

Updated July 19, 2017

Eyelet curtains are modern, elegant and straightforward to hang. Eyelet curtains have a series of grommets (eyelets) at the top that hang the curtain from the rod. Sometimes the rod goes through the eyelets themselves, and sometimes the rod goes through curtain hooks attached to the eyelets. This style of drapery makes the rod more visible, and eyelet curtains pull open and closed smoothly, making your window treatment more versatile.

Decide how long you want your curtains to hang. Most curtains hang at windowsill level, just below the sill or at full-length just above the floor.

Measure the width of the curtain rod from the inside of one finial to the other. This measurement tells you how wide each of your two curtains should be at minimum. Double the width to allow room for the curtain to fold, adding fullness.

Measure the length of the window starting at the top of the rod. For sill-length curtains, measure down to 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) from the window sill. For below-sill-length curtains, measure down to 15 cm (6 inches) past the window sill. For full-length curtains, measure down to 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) from the floor.


If you are making curtains, be sure to leave 3.7 cm (1 1/2 inches) of fabric above the tops of the grommets.

Things You'll Need

  • Eyelet curtains
  • Curtain rod
  • Screwdriver
  • Tape measure
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